Sabine Parish School Board to Live Stream Superintendent Interviews


MANY, La – The Sabine Parish School Board has announced the next steps in the selection process in the search for a new superintendent. The open application process has now been narrowed down to two candidates. Their resumes were previously shared on the Sabine Parish Journal and can be found here.

The Sabine Parish School Board will interview the candidates for superintendent on Monday, September 20, 2021 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Sabine Parish School Board office. These interviews will be live streamed.


The Sabine Parish School Board has made the following announcement in regards to the continued search for the next superintendent.

“The Sabine Parish School Board continues its search for a superintendent to fill that position following the retirement of its current superintendent, Dr. Sarah P. Ebarb, on December 31, 2021. The School Board has advertised the vacancy in numerous locations with a deadline for applications of September 3, 2021. 

The applications received by the School Board in accordance with that deadline were opened today. There were two qualified applicants for the position. One was Shane Wright, Director of Administrative Services for the School Board, and the other was Eddie Jones, Jr., Principal of Florien High School. Copies of the applications submitted by Mr. Wright and Mr. Jones may be viewed on the District’s website @

The School Board has a meeting scheduled for September 13, 2021 during which the next steps in the superintendent selection process will be determined.”

Many Community Center to Host Top Tribute Artist

MANY, La – The Many Community Center will hosts one of the top tribute artist in the US in October. 

According to a post first made to Facebook by Save the Date writer, Mary Brocato, Brandy Roberts will perform at the Many Community Center on October 16th at 7 pm. 

Brocato shared the following post as the formal announcement: 

“Music in Many is so lucky! We are coming back! That’s because the amazingly talented Brandy Roberts will perform at the Many Community Center on Oct 16at 7 pm. Brandy is the best Jerry Lee Lewis tribute artist in the U.S. Brandy and his band put on a show that will bring you to your feet and have you clapping and singing along. It’s a high energy show that you’ll remember for a long, long time. And just so you know, Brandy Roberts does lots more than Jerry Lee Lewis songs. He’s got lots of other good music in his repertoire and you’ll get to hear it all on Oct. 16.
Mark your calendar for one of the very best Music in Many shows. Admission is FREE FOR EVERYONE. We do ask that you wear a mask. So mark your calendar for Oct 16 and let everyone know by sharing.”

BOM Promotes Blaise LaCour

BOM Bank would like to congratulate Blaise LaCour on her promotion to Community Development Director. Blaise joined the BOM family in July of 2018 as a Marketing Assistant. She is a Natchitoches native, and a graduate of Natchitoches Central High School. Blaise received her bachelor’s in mass communication from Louisiana State University. She attends St. Augustine Catholic Church and enjoys participating in community events. This year, she is serving as the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Chair. She is also a recipient of the 2021 Natchitoches Young Professionals 4 Under 40 award. In her spare time, Blaise enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as cheering for the Tigers and the Saints. Congratulations, Blaise!

SPSO Tactical Narcotics Team Makes Double Narcotics Arrest From Routine Traffic Stop

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team arrested Lionel George Somersall, JR (age-45) of Zwolle and Sharon Nichole Taylor (age-35) of Robeline Monday afternoon.
T.N.T. Agents stopped a silver Ford F150 on Cedar Grove Road near Rocky Springs Road for a traffic violation.
Somersall was driving and Taylor was the front seat passenger.
During the investigation, K-9 “Tessa” indicated a positive alert of a narcotic odor coming from the truck. Taylor tried to hinder the Agents’ investigation by locking the truck doors and refusing to give Agents the keys. Taylor also resisted Agents and Deputies when she was placed in the patrol unit during her arrest. T.N.T. Agents retrieved the keys and began to search the truck. Agents located a loaded .38 special revolver under the driver’s seat. A check of the firearm revealed it was stolen.
Both Somersall and Taylor have prior convictions for certain felony crimes on their criminal records. Later in the day, the Women’s Jailer contacted T.N.T. Agents stating Taylor made a phone call, telling the person she and Somersall had a large amount of narcotics with them and she threw it out of the vehicle before being stopped by the Agents.
T.N.T. Agents and Detectives went to Cedar Grove Road that night and located a bag in the ditch on Cedar Grove Road not far from where Somersall and Taylor were stopped. The bag contained 6 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, 17 grams of suspected marijuana, 3 – Federal .38 spl rounds matching the rounds found in the pistol earlier and some other items.
Somersall was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention for Illegal possession of stolen firearm, Possession of firearm by a convicted felon, Vehicle license plate required, Driver must be licensed, Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), 2nd or subsequent offenses, Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Marijuana), Possession of a firearm in presence of CDS.
Taylor was booked into the Sabine Parish Women’s Jail for Illegal possession of stolen firearm, Possession of firearm by a convicted felon, Resisting an officer, Obstruction of justice, Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Marijuana), Possession of a firearm in presence of CDS, Intentional littering.
Bonds are pending at this time by the 11th Judicial District Court.

Monroe’s Chennault Aviation and Military Museum

The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, located near the Monroe Regional Airport, honors not only the legacy of its namesake, General Claire Lee Chennault, one of the most accomplished men ever to wear our nation’s uniform, but other men and women connected to our state who bequeathed us a legacy of honor and courage.

The Museum is housed in a 1942 era building, one of the few surviving structures of the WWII era Selman Army Airfield, a navigator training base. The area is now the Monroe Regional Airport with the old 1942 era runways still serving after being lengthened for jet aircraft.

As one approaches the museum entrance a bronze statue of General Chennault donated by the Chinese government stands by the entrance. On the other side of the walkway is a memorial to fallen servicemembers, while a static display of various aircraft is across the street. There is a lot to see, even before you enter the museum proper.

The museum is neatly laid out, but absolutely jam-packed with artifacts. There is a room devoted to General Chennault’s life and career. The jewel encrusted dragon robe that was presented to Chennault by the Chinese government is perhaps the most unique item in what is quite an eclectic collection. There are also paintings, his original 1919 pilot wings, uniforms and other memorabilia.

There are displays of items telling the story of the men and women who served in every conflict the United States has fought from the Civil War to the present day. Aside from its varied military collections however, the most eclectic parts of the museum deal with subjects as varied as airlines and moonrocks.

The Monroe airport was the home of a small crop-dusting service that went on to become Delta Airlines. The museum tells the story of the airline’s early days with original posters, schedules, uniforms and other paraphernalia.

Did you know that Monroe, Louisiana is the home to a moonrock brought back to Earth by astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt of Apollo 17? NASA Rock # 70035, formed from a lunar lava flow about 3.8 billion years ago, lies in a display case in the Chennault Museum next to a display honoring space shuttle astronaut and West Monroe native and Jim Halsell.

The Chennault Aviation & Military Museum is an amazing place to visit and a family friendly treat for history buffs of all ages. The museum has no admission charge. The museum’s address is 701 Kansas Lane Monroe, LA 71203 318-362-5540.

TicketSmarter becomes Northwestern State’s official ticketing partner

TicketSmarter has announced a multiyear partnership with Northwestern State athletics, which TicketSmarter will serve as NSU’s official ticketing partner.

TicketSmarter’s online platform will provide Demon fans a seamless experience when it comes to buying and selling tickets.

“Northwestern State is a true representation of the city of Natchitoches, and we look forward to working together to build an enhanced ticketing experience” said TicketSmarter CEO Jeff Goodman. “The partnership with Northwestern State is an extension of our strategy to create valuable partnerships with college athletic programs across the U.S.”

Added Nathan Razo, Northwestern State’s general manager for corporate partnerships: “We are excited to have TicketSmarter as an official partner of NSU Athletics. As we moved toward an emphasis in mobile ticketing, we are excited to offer Demon fans more opportunities and avenues to support NSU Athletics.”

Northwestern State will become one of TicketSmarter’s 250+ partner in college athletics, as TicketSmarter continues to experience growth in the ticketing world. In addition to Northwestern State, TicketSmarter is partnered with several members of the Southland Conference, to connect fans to more live events.

Through the partnership, TicketSmarter will acquire exclusive marketing and sponsorship rights for Northwestern State, while providing Demon fans a safe, trusted platform to buy and sell tickets.

About TicketSmarter

TicketSmarter helps customers from all walks of life experience the power and excitement of live events by giving back through children’s charities and creating helpful partnerships. $1 from every transaction will help our charitable partners, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, V Foundation and Quarterbacking Children’s Health Foundation.

TicketSmarter is the title sponsor of the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl with ESPN Events. Additionally, TicketSmarter is the official ticket resale partner of PBR, NJCAA, over 35 collegiate conferences including Pac-12 Conference, and 100+ universities nationwide.

About Northwestern State Athletics:

Northwestern State’s athletic department offers 14 Division I athletic programs, providing opportunities for 375 student-athletes. A member of the Southland Conference, the Demons and Lady Demons are the athletic representatives of Northwestern State University, the longest single-site institution of higher learning in Louisiana – having operated at its current campus since the university’s founding in 1884.


Notice of Death – September 14, 2021

Jessie Wayne Ezernack
November 1, 1973 – September 13, 2021
Service: Friday, September 17 at 2 pm at New Freedom Fellowship Church

Betty Jo Walker Oxley
January 15, 1936 – September 13, 2021
Service: Thursday, September 16 at 2 pm at Siloam Baptist Church

Euel “Doc” Dillard
November 26, 1926 – September 12, 2021
Service: Thursday, September 16 at 10 am at Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints

Emile Crumble
September 06, 1976
Service: Saturday, September 18 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Linda Dianne Moore Byles
May 26, 1950 – September 09, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 18 at 1 pm at Central Baptist Church Cemetery in Robeline

Gloria Shields
September 12, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Jim McArthur
March 15, 1939 – September 09, 2021
Service: Wednesday, September 15 at 10 am at Central Baptist Church in Robeline

Elijah L. Thomas
January 14, 2006 – September 09, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Felenn Sowell
September 08, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Fannie Willis
September 07, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 18 at 10 am at the St. John Baptist Church Cemetery in Powhatan

Lloyd “REV” Smith
September 07, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 18 at 2 pm in the Winnfield Funeral Home Chapel

Minnie Johnson
September 04, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Omacille Nettles Beckham
January 25, 1937 – September 09, 2021
Service: Thursday, September 16 at 12 pm at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel, Haynesville

Ronnie “Boz” Darrell Boswell
March 29, 1942 – September 11, 2021
Service: Sunday, September 19 at 2 pm at Davis Springs Southern Methodist Church

Union Parish Head Coach, Joe Spatafora, to Serve Self-Imposed Suspension Following Many Football Game

Union Parish, La – Union Parish Football will have a different lead for the next few weeks as Head Coach Joe Spatafora serves a self-imposed suspension. 

The news of this suspension follows a heated incident at the Union Parish vs. Many game, hosted by Many, where Spatafora exhibited what one SPJ staff writer reported as a fireworks show of “unsportsmanlike conduct.”

The news was first reported by the K104 Scoreboard Show Facebook page. According to the K104 post, Coach Spatafora first announced his self-imposed suspension on the morning talk show “The Locker Room.” 

Currently, Spatafora is set to return the week of October 8th leading up to his team hosting Sterlington.

Many High School Fishing Team Qualifies for State

Cole Sattler, Lawson Lewing, Cole Pickett, and Dutch Kor following their win on Toledo Bend Lake

MANY, La –  The Many High School Fishing Team took home the champion title in this weekends fishing tournament on Toledo Bend Lake. 

There were approximately 166 boats competing and our local team qualified for state! 

The competing team consisted of Cole Sattler, Lawson Lewing, Cole Pickett, and Dutch Kor (pictured above) , as well as those not pictured, Landen Sepulvado, Colin Consenza, Caleb Johnston, and Logan Lee. 

Cole Sattler and Lawson Lewing came in 2nd place with 14lbs. Cole Pickett and Dutch Kor came in 3rd place with 13.98 lbs making the team place in 1st overall. 

The SPJ would like to congratulate these young men on their accomplishment! Way to bring home the gold! 

Governor Edwards Preemptively Declares State of Emergency as the State Prepares to be Hit by Tropical Storm Nicholas

All of Southern Louisiana — but especially Southwest Louisiana — should keep a close eye on Tropical Storm Nicholas, which could bring heavy rains & flash flooding to state the next few days. Follow directives of local officials, monitor local news & stay prepared. 

From the Governors Official Facebook Page:

I have declared a state of emergency for Louisiana in advance of Tropical Storm #Nicholas, which has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is forecasted by the National Weather Service to bring heavy rains and flash flooding to the state in the coming days .
The most severe threat to Louisiana is in the Southwest portion of the state, where recovery from Hurricane #Laura and the May flooding is ongoing. In this area heavy rain and flash flooding are possible.
However, it is also likely that all of South Louisiana will see heavy rain this week, including areas recently affected by Hurricane #Ida. This tropical storm has the potential to disrupt some power restoration and recovery work currently underway.
I encourage anyone who has had recent damage from Ida, Laura or other disasters to take necessary measures to protect their home or business from additional harm. All Louisianans should to pay close attention to this tropical system in the coming days.